Greek shipping group Thenamaris has deployed Marpoint’s news service on its fleet to improve crew welfare
Thenamaris turned to a dedicated news service to keep its 3,000-strong seafarer team up-to-date with the latest information on its fleet of tankers, container ships, bulkers and gas carriers while reducing the cost of news delivery.
Seafarers employed on Thenamaris’ 87 ships can use Marpoint’s Evo News after this was rolled out across the fleet. This enhances the end-user experience of accessing information while on board, says Thenamaris supervisor for performance and development Yannos Koudounas.
Evo News works without an internet connection, so ship managers do not need to worry about the cost of satellite communications. Updates and articles are downloaded to the ship in a package and are available to view offline during seafarers’ off-duty periods.
Evo News can be installed and updated remotely on any vessel, minimising demands on IT departments.
Mr Koudounas says these crew welfare services are important for looking after “the most important asset of our company, our seafarers”.
Thenamaris’ mariners use this service to read global articles or news from home on their own devices over the vessel’s wifi. They can customise their newsfeeds by adding specific sites and topics and access a wide range of preconfigured news providers.
“We found Evo News to be a practical, modern and affordable solution to keep our crews updated with news from all over the world at all times,” says Mr Koudounas.
Thenamaris can also transmit its own corporate news, messages and updates directly to its seafarers’ daily newsfeeds using Evo News.
Articles can be delivered in the native language of all crew nationalities serving on board Thenamaris’ ships.
To Mr Koudounas, this is a bonus as a new generation of seafarers expects onboard connectivity and welfare services. This is “an expectation that may even influence their choice of employer” he says.
Improving crew welfare makes “vessels safer, more environmentally friendly and cost-effective”. Thenamaris recognises “that quality working conditions and work-life balance are essential for the effective and safe operation of vessels,” says Mr Koudounas.
It manages a fleet of 87 vessels, including oil tankers, bulk carriers and container ships, while Thenamaris LNG manages three LNG carriers and four LPG carriers.
Thenamaris is currently overseeing the construction of nine newbuildings, with a total capacity of around 500,000 dwt. This includes two Aframax crude carriers being built by Sumitomo Heavy Industries shipyard in Japan, two LNG carriers and four LPG carriers under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries and Huyndai MIPO shipyards in South Korea.
For crew welfare and optimised ship operations, Thenamaris has deployed Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress satellite connectivity across the fleet. Navarino installed hardware, a combination of Ka-band and L-band terminals and associated equipment on ships in the fleet.
Marpoint Evo News delivers over 1.2M articles to more than 650 vessels daily. These are read by 15,000 seafarers in more than 20 different languages.
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